18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Sydney. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

Plan a Lord Howe Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Alexandra Bay Waterfall in Diwan, about 50 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Alexandra Bay Waterfall
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 17°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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